Issue Brief: Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act

The Issue

ASLA supports legislation that would establish centers of excellence for green infrastructure and assist in implementing green infrastructure projects that will address stormwater management issues.

Background & Analysis 

Congresswoman Donna Edwards (MD) and Senator Tom Udall (NM) have introduced H.R. 3449 and S. 1677,  the Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act, legislation that would allow states, localities and other qualified entities to receive grants to plan, design, and implement green infrastructure projects that will address stormwater management and other water quality and quantity issues.

The legislation would also establish at least 3 Centers of Excellence for Green Infrastructure across the country which would, among other things, provide technical assistance to state and local governments and conduct research on stormwater, sewer overflow reduction, and other approaches to water resource enhancement.  Finally, the legislation would promote the use of green infrastructure by encouraging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to integrate green infrastructure in permitting and other regulatory programs, codes, and ordinance development.

ASLA has joined with the American Rivers, the Natural Resource Defense Council, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and other allied organizations to urge congressional support for legislation that would promote the use of green infrastructure to manage stormwater.


Rep. Donna Edwards (MD) and co-sponsors
Sen. Tom Udall (NM) and co-sponsors

Current Status

H.R. 3449 was introduced on Wednesday November 13, 2013 and referred to the House  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

S. 1677 was introduced on Wednesay November 13, 2013 and referred to the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works.    


The Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act (H.R. 2030, S. 1115 was introduced in the 112th and the  111th Congress by Rep. Donna Edwards (MD) and Senator Tom Udall (NM).  ASLA successfully worked to secure several sponsors for both measures. 

On September 28, 2011, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held a hearing on “Impact of Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development on the Nation’s Water Quality, Economy and Communities,” where David Yocca, FASLA, representing ASLA, testified on the use of landscape architecture design techniques that address stormwater management while jumpstarting economic development in communities.  Both the 112th and the 111th Congress expired before further action was taken on either measure.


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